Sunday, June 7, 2009

Halocho #342 - Can one make a 7 branched candelabra?

In Parshat Beha'alotcha we read about Aharon-the-Cohen-Gadol being commanded to light the Menora daily.

One may not have a Menorah identical to the one in the Bet Hamikdash:

- A seven branched Menora is forbidden even if it's not made of gold, and even if it doesn’t have the "flower & cup" designs nor the height of the Menorah described in Parshat Terumah. Reason: These details did not disqualify the Menorah in the Mikdash.

- One may have a 5, 6 or 8 branched Menora.

- A circular candelabrum with 6 arms and a 7th in the middle is questionable. Since this is a Torah prohibition one should be strict and forbid it.

(Note: In Israel the big silver manufactures do not manufacture 7 armed candelabras in any configuration.)

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 168:5-6

- Danny Sunday, 15 Sivan 5769

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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